British Army Gurkhas vs Paras

The Royal Military Police is investigating after a British Army training exercise reportedly descended into chaos, with a mass brawl breaking out between over 100 Gurkhas and Parachute Regiment soldiers.

An Army spokesman told Forces News:

"We can confirm that there was an incident involving soldiers during a training exercise in Kenya, this is under investigation by the Royal Military Police and it would be inappropriate to comment further."

They added, however, that "anyone found to have breached the high standards of behaviour we expect or to have committed a criminal offence will be dealt with appropriately".

Troops are reported to have fought with poles, bats and heavy machine-gun barrels during Exercise Askari Storm in Kenya on Thursday, according to the Sun newspaper.

It's said there's been bad blood between the units since a brawl during the same exercise two years ago.

Soldiers On Exercise Askari Storm In Kenya in 2014
Soldiers On Exercise Askari Storm In Kenya in 2014

Trouble allegedly broke out when soldiers from 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment, launched their final assault of the eight-week exercise, with troops from the Royal Gurkha Rifles playing the enemy.

Scores are said to have been left with injuries after the Gurkhas allegedly hid cudgels for an ambush - with the Paras grabbing spare heavy machine-gun barrels to fight back.

Soldier From 2 PARA

An insider reportedly told the Sun:

"It was like a scene from a football hooligan film. Soldiers were fighting using rifles and spare general purpose machine gun barrels as clubs."

"A few of the guys were hospitalised and there aren't many without a bruise or gash."

They said the Paras had been 'winding the Gurkhas up throughout' the exercise, adding:

"I'm not sure who you'd declare the winners, the Gurkhas used surprise well so they may have clinched it."

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